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How To Make Anklets: 22 Ways

By: Kristina Kittelson, Editor, AllFreeJewelryMaking
How To Make Anklets 22 Ways

It's time to give our ankles the same love we give our wrists and deck them out. We gathered together all of our favorite anklets, and bracelet designs that look just as good on our legs, in How To Make Anklets: 22 Ways. These designs are light, summery, and sure to get you in the mood to go outside and soak up some rays. After all, these anklets are so cute, you will want to show them off. Whether beaded or braided, these cute anklets are sure to complete your outfit in a way a bracelet just can't. Rock them in the warmer months with any shoes, from flip-flops to strappy heels. Now grab your supplies and start whipping up some of these underrated beauties!

This collection has anklets to suit any occasion. For a gorgeous formal dress, there are silvery, shimmery ankle bracelets to accompany those adorable strappy shoes you have on. If you're just taking a trip to the beach, there's a funky and intricate woven fishtail anklet that's comfortable to wear and durable. For those who love versatility, there are projects that will teach you how to make easy bracelets that you wear on your wrist today and on your ankle tomorrow. We've even got a hemp anklet for you rustic, earthy types. Go crazy and make a bunch of our macrame bracelets as ankle bracelets for you and your friends. You won't learn how to make anklets in so many ways anywhere else.

Easy to Make Anklets

Beautiful and Classy Anklet

If you're not looking for anything fancy, then these are the DIY anklets you're looking for. These easy-to-make anklets will teach you how to make anklets that are not only cute and stylish, but fast and painless. An array of different media are used in this section, so choose the ones you like best, or the ones that best fit the style of your next outing. Beginner do-it-yourself-ers should also check out these projects for easy to make jewelry ideas to get their feet wet. Once you've tried out these fast crafts, you'll find yourself ready to take on bigger projects.

Beaded Anklets

Stunning Sparkle Shells Anklet

If you're a serial jewelry DIYer, chances are, you're obsessed with beads. So are we. If you've got a bead fever, listed below are five different styles of anklets (and DIY bracelets you can make into anklets) centered around beads. Because beads come in so many different shapes, sizes, and materials, all of these are ridiculously customizable. While you're learning how to make anklets with beads, you can get those creative juices floating and put your own personal spin on the designs, or even make a matching necklace or pair of earrings to go along with it. Some of these anklets are great stash busting projects, too!

Woven Anklets

DIY Braided Hemp Anklet

When there are so many ways to weave, how can you not become obsessed? After you've woven plenty of leather necklaces and macrame bracelets, all that's left to do is learn how to make anklets by way of the weave. Ankle bracelets so very often come in a braided style because it just screams summer. Whether it be crunchy and rustic hemp or vibrant and colorful loom, they pair perfectly with the beach or the deck of the pool. Since making woven anklets is so reminiscent of the friendship bracelet pattern, it's the perfect activity for you and a buddy. Chill out with your friends and teach them how to make anklets through tying and knotting, and be one of the first people you know to wear friendship anklets.

Did You Know? The History of Anklets

People from all different cultures have rocked anklets for thousands of years. The earliest recorded civilization to wear anklets were the Sumerians, more than 4000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians also wore anklets, which reflected one’s social status. The wife of a wealthy man would wear a gold anklet decorated with stones, while a slave or plebian would wear charm anklets made of leather, shells, or iron. These simpler anklets were thought to have been used as amulets. Ancient Indians loved anklets, too! They indicated marital status, were used as just an accessory, and were worn when dancing. They were and still are integral to ceremonial wedding outfits for brides today. In the 1970’s, anklets became popular accessories for American women. Women were seen wearing charm anklets, sometimes with their names or initials on them.  

What is your favorite jewelry to rock during the summer?

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Hello, my name is Marti and I am a bead aholic. I love all kinds of beads and I am always either making something or looking for something to make. This book is going to be impossible to ignore since I love anklets. My family may form an intervention for me. When I say I have beads, I mean nine plastic storage boxes with dividers. I have acrylic, glass, wood, gemstones, metal, and I expect Michaels or hobby lobby to come to me soon! But as long as you keep putting books like these out, I will keep creating!

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